Some sample plate titles:
- Mountain-Building: Landforms of the Kaikoura Orogeny
- Tainui: Mōkau above, Tāmaki below, Manga-toatoa in the middle
- Taranaki: Conflict, confiscation and occupation, 1850s to 1880s
- Drains and Plagues: Making Christchurch healthy, 1860s to 1910s
- Butter and Cheese: The dairy industry, 1880s to 1930s
- New Zealand in the Pacific: Territory and influence, 1870s to 1970s
- City or Cities? Growth and diversity in Auckland, 1966-1991
The most obvious problem with the Historical Atlas is that its plates are cluttered, often without a natural flow between elements or with text that is awkwardly broken up. Mostly this is just a result of trying to fit too much in, though there is the occasional element of "chartjunk", from innovations that don't quite work or perhaps from targeting at schools. There are also minor problems with individual elements, for example with inconsistencies in party colours in election results.
These are minor issues, however. The New Zealand Historical Atlas deserves a second edition, which could fix these problems and update or add material. Anyone curious about New Zealand history should find it a pleasure to browse through: it is useful as a reference, but also for making one look at New Zealand in new ways. And for following up new discoveries there are over fifty pages of sources and references.
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